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The Psychology of Violent Television: Why We Watch and How It Affects Us
In this webinar, Drs. Sheldon Solomon and Jonathan Bassett review psychological theories that explain why audiences are drawn to violent television and the impact violent television has on us. Drawing on insights from both Separation Theory and Terror Management Theory, Solomon and Basset explain how our attraction to watching fictional violence is rooted in sensation seeking, a desire for mastery over perceived dangers, and a need to believe in a just world.

This presentation will focus on:
• The ways in which viewing violent television can augment psychological defenses against existential anxiety.
• How variation in the way violence is presented, as well as individual personality factors, can influence whether viewers embrace or challenge the conventional cultural ideologies used to justify or condemn on-screen depictions of violence.
• Potential negative effects of watching television violence that include becoming callous to the suffering of others, desensitization to the consequences of violence, complacency and acceptance of conventional ideologies used to rationalize violence.
• The means through which the possible adverse impact of viewing violent television might be minimized.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe ways in which the need to manage existential anxiety underlies motives for viewing television violence.
2. Define direct and symbolic defenses against death anxiety and how these might be activated in response to reminders of death made salient in response to watching violent television.
3. Summarize the ways that watching violent television can lead people to either embrace or question conventional cultural ideologies depending on situational factors and individual differences.
4. Explain ways that consumption of violent television can potentially promote hostility towards others and discuss possible ways to mitigate this response.

May 12, 2023 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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